STATUS: Full-time, regular position located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN
HOURS: 2,088 annual hours
DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) seeks applicants for the Head of Historic
Preservation to administer and coordinate the activities of the Historic Preservation Department of the MHS.
This department has three central purposes: 1) to administer the stateís program of identification, evaluation,
registration and treatment of historic properties, as a component of the federal historic preservation program;
2) encourage the development of state and local history programs and organizations in Minnesota; and 3) to
administer the Societyís Grants-in-Aid program to increase the capacity of external partners and support the
work of historic preservation and history statewide. Responsibilities include: 1) supervises staff in the
administration of identification, registration and protection aspects of the historic preservation program; 2)
oversees the Grants-in-Aid program to assist history and historic preservation projects in the state; 3) provides
leadership in fiscal and business operations of the department; 4) oversees the Government Programs and
Compliance work unit to provide support and technical guidance in carrying out the State Historic Preservation
Officeís (SHPO) regulatory responsibilities under federal and state law; 5) oversees the development and
submissions to the National Park Service of documentation required for participation in the federal historic
preservation program to assure the stateís continued participation in this program; 6) develops a
comprehensive planning process for historic preservation in conformance with federal planning standards to
provide a coordinating framework for the planning and operation of several facets of the preservation program;
7) oversees the Outreach Services programs to provide support and technical guidance to the organizations and
individuals for the development of history programs and conservation throughout the state; and 8) provides
overall direction for hiring, training, supervision and motivation for the Departmentís staff, interns, and
volunteers and ensures compliance with MHS policies and procedures.
- B.A. in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, law or related field with specialized
courses in historic preservation, plus 8 years program experience or equivalent OR an advanced degree
plus 6 years program experience or equivalent.
- Practical knowledge with federal historic preservation programs.
- General knowledge and experience in the field of grants administration.
- Flexibility and versatility in judgment, analysis, and organizational ability to develop, coordinate, and
manage a wide variety of projects and procedures.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to speak effectively to both large and small
- Demonstrated ability to effectively represent an agency program and to maintain positive, strong longterm
working relationships with a wide variety of clientele.
- Experience and ability in personnel management and supervision.
- Management experience, and leadership qualities in formulating objectives, setting priorities, and
- Ability to budget and exercise fiscal responsibility.
- Valid driverís license and willingness to travel and work on evenings and weekends.
- Advanced degree in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, law or related field with
specialized course in historic preservation, land use development, or environmental protection.
- Meets the Secretary of the Interiorís Professional Qualifications Standards in one of the following
disciplines: architecture, history or architectural history.
- Five to seven years recent experience in working with federal Historic Preservation Fund programs.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate and collaborate with a wide variety of people
with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education and interests.
- Advanced problem solving abilities with experience in mediation and negotiation.
- Extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws and regulations relating to historic preservation and the
larger environmental review process within which these laws function.
- Extensive experience in developing and administering complex programs involving grants and tax credits.
- Knowledge of Minnesota history or prehistory.